From area churches to nearby skinnydipping, Jim & Linda Cunningham know the best places to explore and discover near Westfield, Vermont. If you have any questions or want suggestions, feel free to ask!
FIRE: Call 744-6353 or 2231.
POLICE: call 334-6733 or, after hours, 911.
(If time, also call the proprietors Jim & Linda Cunningham at 744-6545.)
North Country Hospital: 334-3242.
Jay Peak Weather: http://www.onthesnow.com/vermont/jay-peak/weather.html
Local WMOO FM weather: (802) 766-4488.
Vermont Weather & Road Conditions: (800) 429-7623.
Westfield Town Clerk (ph: 744-2484), 38 School St, Westfield.
Community National Bank (ph: 744-2287), 4245 Vermont 101, Troy, VT 05868 www.communitynationalbank.com 24-hour automatic teller machine.
TD Bank (ph: 326-xxx), 3 Main St, Montgomery Center, VT 05470 web sitexxx. 24-hour automatic teller machine.
Jay Peak Area Chamber of Commerce (ph:988-2259) http://www.jaypeakvermont.org
Official State of Vermont Tourism Site (ph:1-800-VERMONT, i.e. 837-6668) http://www.VermontVacation.COM
For info on expanding your business to VT or starting a business here call 866-wedobiz or see http://www.ThinkVermont.COM
Post Office: The nearest Post Office (ph: 744-6887) is behind the Westfield General Store on the right one half mile north of the Cottage. Hours: weekdays 8:00-10:15 AM & 2:30-4:30 PM; Saturdays 8:00-10:15 AM.
Longer Post Office hours are at the Troy Post Office (ph: 744-2708) 2 miles north.
Every building has its quirks, and Carmel Cottage & Carmel Loft are no different.
Quirk #1: When showering, please make sure curtain is closed all the way to prevent water on the floor. Quirk #2: When using patio gas grill, first turn gas on at the cottage wall to the left of grill and then at the respective burners. When done, remember to turn gas off at Cottage. Light burners with a match, as the electric start is currently not working. When igniting, burner should be on low for safety. Quirk #3: If a smoke alarm goes off unnecessarily, turn it off by opening windows & doors & waving a towel at the alarm itself. Quirk #4: To shut the balcony door, push on it as you turn the dead bolt to keep it shut. If you do not do this the wind will blow it open. Quirk #5: During the winter months, please keep the door to the little “office” room under the stairs open to keep the water pipes from freezing. Also, when the temp. goes below 10° F please keep the downstairs closet doors open, the broom closet door and the cabinet door under the sink. Occasionally, check to see if the water is still running in the kitchen sink. If it is not, contact us. Quirk #6: If the water is smelling strongly like rotten eggs (sulfur, but really harmless manganese), let us know and we will change the filter.
Returnable bottles and cans should be placed in the receptacle for that purpose in the closet near the front door. Trash goes in the waste basket in the broom closet left of kitchen stove.
The best & closest downhill skiing & snowboarding is at Jay Peak Resort (ph: 988-2611) about 10 miles driving from Carmel Cottage. They also have cross-country trails as does Hazen's Notch Association Ski Center (ph: 326-4799) in Montgomery. Their web site is http://www.hazensnotch.org They also have kids’ summer camps.
Just a few miles south in Lowell is a privately owned and maintained luge, open to the public. Bring a sled or even just a tube or piece of cardboard. For conditions, call owner, Mark McKallister at 744-6808.
There are two cloistered Catholic monasteries in the area:
Junction 101 Restaurant (ph: 744-xxx) Hours:
Tastings Restaurant (ph: 988-4063), 66 Main St, North Troy Hours: Wed - Sun 5 - 9 PM. Full menu, nightly specials
The Cajun Snack Bar in Lowell (ph: 744-2002) is open seasonally. Just drive south from Carmel Rd. on Rt 100 a few miles. It's on the right.
Hidden Country Restaurant in Lowell (ph: 744-6149) The interesting decor includes many antique artifacts. Hours: Tu-Sat: 4:30pm-9pm. Sun: Brkfst 8:30 am-11:15 am. Dinner: Noon-8pm. It's off Rt 100 on the right just before the Cajun Snack Bar.
The Jay Village Inn (known locally as “The JVI”) (ph: 988-2306) xxx address, is at the 4-corners on the way to Jay Peak. Sun - Th 4 PM - 9 PM, Fri & Sat 11:30 AM - 10 PM. Good sports bar and great atmosphere.
The Lodge At Jay (ph: 988-4459). Near Jay 4-corners on 242 a stone's throw on left after Jay Country Store. Excellent cuisine. Wed - Sun opens 4 PM, luncheon Sat & Sun opens noon.
Jay Peak Resort:
1) The Clubhouse Grille (ph: 988-2770) at the new clubhouse below the Ice Haus building is open year round for lunch and dinner. Th – Sun 11 AM – Close (for lunch & dinner), 7 days/wk 5:30 PM – Close. To see their lunch and dinner menus, visit Jay Peak’s web site http://www.jaypeakresort.com 2) The Tram Haus Lodge has 3 new eateries, the new cafe called “Aroma”, open from 8 AM -1:30 PM, the “Tower Bar”, 11 AM – 9 PM, and a new, high class restaurant, “Alice’s Table.” 3) Hotel Jay & Conference Center (coming in 2011xxx). Heading down the other side of the mountain on Rt 242 toward Montgomery Center is The Belfry Restaurant (ph: 326-4400). Entrees are reasonably priced. We find the atmosphere loud & more boisterous than other area restaurants. Hours: Sun - Th 4 PM -9 PM, Fri & Sat till 10 PM.
Lago Trattoria (ph: 334-8222) at 95 Main St. in Newport offers a fine cuisine. Tues – Sat 5 PM – close. Reservations recommended
East Side Restaurant & Pub (ph: 334-2340) at east end of Lake Memphremagog, Newport.
For more food recommendations, feel free to contact us directly!
For those specifically looking for a nude beach, there is none better in northern Vermont than the Southwest Cove on Lake Willoughby in Westmore. Drive east on 58 to the end at 5A and then south all along the east side of beautiful Willoughby (5 miles long). Parking is on the right a stone's throw south of the south beach. Hike back north on a path to the lake, then go left, hugging the shore. From here you can also hike up to the cliffs of Mt. Hor. If au naturel is not your thing, there are two conventional beaches at either end of the lake near the road. It takes 45 minutes to drive from here to the Southwest Cove at Willoughby. Vermont Unveiled by Jim C. Cunningham (your genial cottage proprietor) is a beautifully illustrated skinnydippin’ guidebook to Vermont. Buy it on eBay or straight from the horse’s mouth at the house beside Carmel Cottage. It lists about 60 places in Vermont where folks accept the human body as part of nature. While some hike to the cliffs of Mt. Hor on the west side of the lake, most hikers prefer to hike up Mt. Pisgah on the east side. The South Trailhead is 5.7 miles north of the junction of Routes 5A and 5. For all hiking information (including maps) in Vermont, contact the Green Mountain Club (ph:802-244-7037) http://www.greenmountainclub.org
The Troy General Store (ph: 744-2200) is surprisingly well stocked, and hardly more expensive than larger area super-markets.
Main St. Grocery (ph: 988-2545) in N. Troy is similar.
The nearest super-market is Vista (ph: 334-8661) on 105 at the south end of Lake Memphremagog in Newport.
Newport Natural Foods (ph: 334-2626) is on Main St. in Newport, on the left after the Police Station.
If you drive just a bit farther towards Derby there are 2 bigger markets: Price Chopper (ph: 334-1475) & Shaw's (ph: 334-8466).
Montreal offers all any shopper would want.
Stowe, Vermont is much closer (south on Route 100) and offers loads of gift shops.
A bit farther south in Waterbury Center is the Ben & Jerry's ice cream capital of the world. An interesting drive is on Route 108 from the center of Stowe. It goes up Mt. Mansfield and down through Smugglers' Notch into Jeffersonville. Road closed through the notch in winter.
IROC (Indoor Recreation of Orleans County): If the weather is inclement, and you are looking for inside things to do, there is a sports facility about a half hour away at 400 Quarry Rd in Derby behind McDonald’s (ph: 334-8511). It offers ice skating, roller skating, basketball, a computer game room, indoor swimming pool, exercise equipment and more. See www.IROC.ORG.
There are two area bowling alleys:
1. Missisquoi Lanes in Lowell (ph: 744-6630).Hours: Closed Mon, Tue 9 AM - 5 PM, Th, Fri Noon - 5 PM, & Fri 8:30 Pm - 11 PM. Sat Noon - 11 PM. Sun 10 Am - 6 PM.
2. Waterfront Lanes (ph: 334-8144) in Newport at the south end of Lake Memphremagog (pronounced Memfrem- MAY-gog).Hours: Open everyday but Mon 1 PM - 9 or 10 PM, Mon 5 PM, Fri & Sat till after 10 PM, Sun Noon - 6 PM. 10 lanes, small game room, snack bar, mini-alcohol bar. Waterfront Cinema (ph: 334-6830) is about a half hour away in Newport near Wendy’s. Make a whole evening of it by also dining at the East Side restaurant (ph: 334-2340), very popular in the area, with its pub and glass-enclosed deck. There is a quaint, Haskell Opera House in Derby Line (ph: 819-876-2471), half in the USA & half in Canada. The Haskell Free Library in the same building (ph: 873-3022) in Derby Line is similarly divided. The Opera House season runs from April through October. Check their web site for events and ticket info: http://www.haskellopera.org Though small, the Hitchcock Museum & Library (ph: 744-8258) in Westfield is interesting, even exhibiting a stuffed, 2-headed calf born on a farm in the area. Hrs: Tue, Thu 1 – 5 PM.
The old Westfield schoolhouse is now renamed Westfield Community Center (ph: 744-5466) it’s about a half mile north on Route 100 on the left in the middle of Westfield. For good, area, live local music, hear the Bobbin Mill Players on Wednesday afternoons. Join the line dancers from 6 – 7 PM on Wednesdays ($5). On Friday evenings folks bring their instruments and jam. Call Town Clerk (ph: 744-2484) for details.
The autumn foliage in the area is exquisite and occurs about a week sooner than southern Vermont. Drive along any route and enjoy. You can also take the tram up Jay Peak and get a panoramic view of the foliage. For tram rates call 988-2611. Hikers can hike up to Jay Peak on the Long Trail from either Route 105 or 242. Or hike the entire Long Trail beginning in N Troy all the way to the Rutland area where it overlaps the Appalachian Trail coming from Mt. Katahdin in Maine, and then south to the Gulf of Mexico.